Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus
John Theodore

Southern Illinois University, 2002. First edition As new in dust jacket. First printing. Hardcover. 136 pp. Illustrated. The true account of baseball's slick-fielding first baseman, Eddie Waitkus. He played mostly for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies during an 11 year big league career, earned four bronze Stars during World War II then debuted with the Cubs inn 1946. He was traded to the Phillies prior to the 1949 season and it was as a member of that team, when they went to Chicago for a mid Juy series, that Waitkus was shot in the chest in a hotel room by a nineteen year old "Baseball Annie" who had become obsessed with him (although they had never met). This incident inspired a similar one in Malamud's classic novel "The Natural". Though he played for the National League pennant winning 1950 "Whiz Kids", Waikus never regained hius All Star form, suffered from depression and alcoholism and died at the age of 53. As New Hardcover 9780809324507 (Item ID: E18916)


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